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12in Su­per AMOLED (2160x1440, 216ppi); Win­dows 10; sixth gen In­tel Core M Dual Core 2.2GHz pro­ces­sor; 4GB RAM; 128GB SSD; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO; Wi-Fi Di­rect; NFC; Blue­tooth 4.1; 5Mp rear cam­era; 5Mp front cam­era; LTE Cat 6 (op­tional); GPS; GLONASS; Type-C USB 3.1 5200mAh bat­tery; key­board (290.3x198.8x4.9mm) 290.3x198.8x6.3mm; 696g We live with an abun­dance of tech­nol­ogy. From the computers on our desks and on our cof­fee ta­bles to the phones we are glued to through­out the wak­ing day, there are just so many de­vices clam­our­ing for our at­ten­tion. The Sam­sung Galaxy TabPro S is one of them and a bad name for what is ac­tu­ally a great Win­dows tablet – it’s the Korean firm’s Sur­face Pro 4 ri­val.

Com­pe­ti­tion

The first and most ob­vi­ous bar­rier for many of us when it comes to buy­ing a well-spec­i­fied ma­chine such as the TabPro S is the price. It costs £849, which is a lot for some­thing that doesn’t act fully as a lap­top or fully as a tablet.

The up­side, in com­par­i­son to ri­vals such as the Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro 4 and the iPad Pro, is that the price in­cludes the key­board cover at­tach­ment. The least you can spend on a Sur­face Pro 4 with the key­board cover is £858, while the cheap­est iPad Pro with a key­board costs £628. Re­mem­ber, though, that the iPad runs iOS, a mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem whereas the Mi­crosoft and Sam­sung both ship with the full desk­top ver­sion of Win­dows 10.

De­sign

There’s no deny­ing that £849 gets you a stun­ning piece of hard­ware. The TabPro S is ac­cept­ably thin and light for a 12in tablet, mea­sur­ing 290.3x198.8x6.3mm with­out the key­board at­tached, and it gives away its lap­top as­pi­ra­tions by the lo­gos and cam­era favour­ing land­scape use. This is some­what hard to get used to if you’ve done all your tablet use on an iPad, say, which are all first and fore­most por­trait ori­en­tated de­vices.

Us­ing the TabPro in por­trait feels slightly odd, the screen is slightly too stretched and it feels a bit too mono­lithic. The bot­tom edge of the de­vice has mag­netic con­nec­tions and con­tacts to at­tach it to the key­board. When at­tached, the TabPro be­comes much more us­able. We’ve barely used it like a tra­di­tional tablet.

The sturdy tablet clicks sat­is­fy­ingly into the key­board, but it’s a bit dis­ap­point­ing that the mag­netic flap that holds the de­vice in two typ­ing po­si­tions is less than re­li­able. We found on sev­eral oc­ca­sions that gen­tly tap­ping the screen to se­lect or scroll sent the whole thing crash­ing down in a heap

of metal and lost con­nec­tions. This is a flaw for a de­vice that wants to be a lap­top – you won’t want to use it on your lap un­less you fancy go­ing in­sane with frus­tra­tion.

That’s a shame,be­cause when you plonk it on a desk and get typ­ing, the TabPro’s key­board is ex­cel­lent. The keys have no spa­ces be­tween them in or­der to fit a full Win­dows key­board and sur­pris­ingly good track­pad. The TabPro S has a small but good qual­ity track­pad, with me­chan­i­cal left and right click but­tons within the pad it­self, and we found nav­i­gat­ing Win­dows 10 with it a breeze.

Hard­ware

At 12in the screen is larger than most tablets but this make sense for

The up­side, in com­par­i­son to ri­vals such as the Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro 4 and the iPad Pro, is that the price in­cludes the key­board cover at­tach­ment

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